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'Man and Words' in Manhattan

'Man and Words' in Manhattan'Man and Words' in Manhattan

Iran Sayeh Theater group headed by Mehdi Mashhour, will debut 'Man and Words' on stage in New York City. It will be performed on October 25 and 26 in Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF).

The play concerns a lonely man seeking friendship in an inanimate object. But it doesn't stay inanimate for long. The show is written and directed by Mashhour and performed by Golshad Moradi & Alexsander Kwanje. Benyamin Esbati is the artistic manager. The play makes its world premier with the New York staging.

On his play, Mashhour notes: 'It has a simple plot. A man faces conflict and therefore starts to explore the good and the evil within him. It is simple as we all have the two sides within us like life itself; but theater artistically uncovers what we do not see."

The work took shape through etudes and rehearsals and day by day "we came to realize the message we want to communicate to our audience regardless of where they are from. We portray human experience common to all people around the world. Thus the language was removed and the voices and sounds replaced it," he further said.

Since 2000, MITF has been celebrating the diversity of theatre in Manhattan, New York City and beyond. The festival is the brainchild of John Chatterton, creator of OOBR (the Off-Off-Broadway Review), which for many years was the only publication exclusively devoted to covering the Off-Off-Broadway scene. Chatterton started the MITF as a way to present the "finest talent in convenience, comfort, and safety." He also produces the 'Short Play Lab' and the 'Midwinter Madness' Short Play Festival.